Walking Barefoot To Find A Moment Of Peace

As we go further into the generation of technology, we find ourselves slowly drifting away from our natural selves. In today’s world, you can completely alter your physical appearance, go to virtual realities, and have food delivered right to your door. These options aren’t necessarily all negative, but it’s important that we remember our animal instincts and connection to nature too. This connection can get jaded when we can have anything we want from behind our front doors.  

One practice that is not only good for your physical health but also your spiritual health is walking barefoot. When I say barefoot, I don’t mean taking your socks off to walk on your carpet. I mean walking into the forest, taking off your shoes and socks, and wandering about. You can tell how alien your feet are to the natural floor of the forest by how sensitive they are. Does it hurt to walk, even across the damp soil? If so, your feet have been cooped up for much too long.

Spend at least 15 minutes walking around and increase your time each practice. People might stare at you, but does it really matter? Are their opinions going to stop you from connecting to your surroundings? Absolutely not. Once we get your feet adjusted to the terrains in your area, you will be able to go on full walks and hikes without shoes. You will notice that your observation of the environment is more detailed because you are constantly looking at where your next step is. You will also feel a blissful connection to nature and appreciate what God has provided for us. If you only have time to go in your backyard, that’s fine too!

We often walk briskly on a trailhead or jog, and both are fine, but it’s equally beneficial to take a mental walk versus an exercise walk. Take your headphones out, walk slowly, count how many different colors you see, smell the air, and listen to the birds. This experience is refreshing to the soul and can help ease anxieties.

Treasures fro Micah Peak, WA

Did you know the bottom of your feet are covered in pressure points that connect to different organs and areas of your body? When we wear soft padded shoes all day, we constrict our feet from both exposure to oxygen and stimulating pressure points. Many Americans suffer from foot pain from being on their feet all day at work or from bad posture. One thing that I think everyone can agree on is the relief brought upon us by foot massages. They can feel euphoric in some instances and others relieving of pain. When you walk over rocks, rough soil, moss and other surfaces in nature, you are essentially massaging your feet with nature’s fingers! And just like a massage, your feet can be super sensitive to begin with but with much practice, release immense amounts of tension for you.

Not only is barefoot walking beneficial to our foot health, it is also beneficial for our immune systems. Dirt has millions of microbial organisms that expose our immune systems to viruses and bacteria. This exposure is in such microscopic amounts, that it helps strengthen our immune systems but doesn’t cause us to get sick.  The old saying, “dirt don’t hurt”, still holds truth today and any day as long as it’s from Mother Nature.

So next time you want to go for a walk or jog, takes your socks off and walk around. My kids always found this as a fun activity and we would find all sorts of special treasures in the woods from paying close attention. If it makes you laugh at yourself, well that just adds to the benefits!

A great book that I suggest for this type of nature-mind connection is Anastasia, The Ringing Cedars Series:

“‘Anastasia’, the first book of the Ringing Cedars Series, tells the story of entrepreneur Vladimir Megre’s trade trip to the Siberian taiga in 1995, where he witnessed incredible spiritual phenomena connected with sacred ‘ringing cedar’ trees. He spent three days with a woman named Anastasia who shared with him her unique outlook on subjects as diverse as gardening, child-rearing, healing, Nature, sexuality, religion and more. This wilderness experience transformed Vladimir so deeply that he abandoned his commercial plans and, penniless, went to Moscow to fulfil Anastasia’s request and write a book about the spiritual insights she so generously shared with him. True to her promise this life-changing book, once written, has become an international best-seller and has touched hearts of millions of people world-wide.”

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